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16 August 2018

A - Level Results

Students at the Kings of Wessex Academy are celebrating their superb A Level results. The A Level pass rate remains at an impressive 98% and 48% of those grades were awarded grades of A*, A, and B. The students have worked extremely hard to achieve these well-deserved results that reflect both their commitment to and effort in, their studies. There were some particularly remarkable individual achievements. These include: James Leader who received 4 A* and will take up a place at the University of Oxford to read Engineering, Archit Singhal with 3A* and 1A who will read Medicine at Imperial College London and Anna Collins with 2A* and 1A who will study Medical Biosciences, also at Imperial College London. Further excellent results were achieved by Emily Higgins 1A* and 2A, Ella Caulfield, Olivia Dodd and Ben Mays who all achieved 1A*, 1A and 1B. They will continue their education in Fine Art, Mathematics, History, and English Literature respectively. There are an impressive number of students who should be thoroughly pleased with their results and are now ready to take their next steps. Head Teacher, Gavin Ball, commented “I am proud of the positive set of...... more

31 July 2018

Top Tutor Groups are top for behaviour and quizzing

Two Year 10 Tutor Groups at The Kings of Wessex Academy showed that they were the crème de la crème this summer term when they came out top in two contests organised by Year 10 Leader Mrs Gray. Competing against nine other tutor groups in the year, 10LT were led by a very proud Mrs Tincknell who was delighted that her impeccably behaved tutees retained their special status for the fewest behaviour points. Miss Badman’s 10LB have been listening carefully to the Thought for the Week throughout the year, and won as the superlative quizzers. Such accolades are to be relished. Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball praised all the students for their commendable team spirit and healthy sense of competition, and for being so motivated to do something good, as the students enjoyed a special cake and juice event. ... more

27 July 2018

Students Learn of the Power of the Pen

Some Year 9 English students at The Kings of Wessex Academy recently learned about the power of the pen when they wrote persuasive letters to their chosen A List celebrities to request a signed photo. Their real life writing experience was a huge success as replies were duly received back in the post by the student letter writers, from stars including Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, comedian Rowan Atkinson, and football clubs Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC. The student football fans were especially delighted with Ethan Franklin’s signed team photograph and individual postcards from each of the Spurs players, including members of the England team: Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier. The exercise became all the more rewarding when football fever swept the nation as England then qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup. Teacher of English Mrs Kerry Egan said: “This was such a good experience for the students, who could really appreciate that their carefully crafted letters yielded real results when the celebrities sent them signed photos. Well done to them all!” ... more

27 July 2018

Abi leads Team Somerset at the English Schools' Athletics Championships

As the sunshine and the summer athletics season continues, Year 11 student Abi Peake from The Kings of Wessex Academy has been busy competing in the Mendip Schools event as she awaits her GCSE results. Abi was chosen to represent Somerset in the English Schools' Athletics Championships at Birmingham Alexander Stadium– one of 32 athletes chosen from 120, which was a triumph in itself. Abi travelled with the team to Birmingham like a professional athlete, with transport, hotel accommodation, and matching tracksuits and kit all provided. The event was held over two days, with heats and semi-finals on the first day, followed by the finals. Abi’s heat was the first of four, with eight athletes in each race. The competition was very tough, but Abi was delighted to secure a place in the semi-finals, and ran in the first to be placed fifth, only missing out on the final with a fastest loser time, by two 1000th of a second. Too close. Abi’s position was joint eighth; however, she was placed ninth in the competition. This was a commendable result for Abi’s first ever national competition and she had the privilege of leading Team Somerset through the parade...... more

26 July 2018

Abi excels in violin exam

In addition to her many achievements in her first year at The Kings of Wessex Academy, Year 10 student Abi Campbell has also excelled in her musical endeavours. Abi ends the school year on a happy musical note after achieving Distinction in her Grade 5 violin exam and will be spending some of her summer holiday on tour with the County Youth Orchestra in Holland. As well as an accomplished musician Abi is also a competent sailor and later in the summer she is off to Weymouth at the Olympic Sailing Academy to compete in the sailing world championships in August. Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball said: “Abi is one of our star students at Kings and we are proud of her for this top award in the violin as I know this testifies to her considerable talent, commitment and dedication. I am so pleased she is spending the summer doing what she enjoys and pursuing and competing in her chosen hobbies and I look forward to hearing more on her return to school in September!”... more